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Ravinia Dinner Speakers No. 16 [May 1, 1985]

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Video Identifier: V.2011-05-0571
Run Time
0h 12m 49s
Date Produced
May 1 1985
     Taping of a reception at the Arts Club, Chicago, prior to the opening of the 50th Anniversary season of the Ravinia Festival, during which a "Ruth Page Week of Dance" at the Festival was inaugurated.

     This fiftieth anniversary celebrated the reopening of the Festival in 1936, after a brief hiatus following the close in the early 1930s of the legendary Ravinia Opera seasons, owing to financial difficulties of the Festival's founder and guiding light, Louis Eckstein, who died in 1935.

     The Festival celebrated the 60th anniversary of Ruth Page's debut as resident choreographer, premiére danseuse and ballet mistress, positions she retained from 1926-1931. A photo exhibit chronicling Ruth Page's career mounted for the celebration was on view during this reception.

     Pick-up shots of Ruth Page and guests at dinner following the reception at the Arts Club.

     Ann Barzel gives a brief appreciation and reminiscence of Ruth Page's background and forty-five year career in opera in Chicago, including mentions of Ruth Page's home in Hubbard Woods, the children's ballet matinees at Ravinia, and Ruth Page's ballet Cinderella.

     Ravinia's executive director makes the official announcement that in recognition of Ruth Page's contributions to the world of dance in general and to Chicago specifically, Ravinia would honor her at the 50th Anniversary Season and in every season thereafter with a Ruth Page Ballet Week.

     The announcement is followed by a brief and amusing thank you from Ruth Page, crediting Ravinia as the place where she learned her trade as a choreographer and remembering fondly its founder, Louis Eckstein.
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